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Walking Festival 2018 Schedule

The first Clyde Muirshiel Walking Festival will take place from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th May 2018. Walks for all, click for more information & book today!

The first ever Clyde Muirshiel Walking Festival aims to cater for all levels of walker, from the leisurely paced stroll to the more serious hill walker, in both pace and duration.

There are at least 3 guided walks planned for each day, coordinated by Countryside Rangers with the help and support of local walking groups such as The Ramblers.

Walks will start from various locations around Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, many start at or near a train station on the line from Glasgow Central.

Please take a look below for more information about each walk.

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Day 1
26/05/2018

Inverkip Coastal Trail – AM
9km / 5.6miles | Starts: 10am | Allow 3hrs
A level walk taking in the sea views around Inverkip and through the Ardgowan Estate to Lunderston bay before making use of the ‘Inverclyde coastal trail’ to return via Ardgowan Point and Inverkip Marina.

Inverkip Coastal Trail – PM
9km / 5.6miles | Starts: 2pm | Allow 3hrs
A level walk taking in the sea views around Inverkip and through the Ardgowan Estate to Lunderston bay before making use of the ‘Inverclyde coastal trail’ to return via Ardgowan Point and Inverkip Marina.

Semple Trail
14km / 9miles | Starts: 10am | Allow 4hrs
A circular walk past the RSPB Reserve and up through Newton of Belltrees, taking the back roads to Howwood and then on into Parkhill Woods with plenty of time to enjoy the Collegiate Church, the Temple and the wonderful wood carvings.

4 Waters to Corlic Hill
15.4km / 10miles | Starts: 10am | Allow 6hrs
A circular walk in the heart of Inverclyde’s water catchment area. The route takes in four of the largest water areas in the region as well as Corlic Hill with great over the Firth of Clyde and the central hills of the Regional Park.

Discover Duchal Moor
12km / 7.5miles | Starts: 10.15am | Allow 4hrs
Explore the Victorian narrow gauge railway on Duchal Moor with lots of open views, starting and finishing at Muirshiel Country Park. Exact route might change if there is a lot of rainfall.

Kelly Cut & Leapmoor Forest
20km / 12.5miles | Starts: 10am | Allow 7hrs
This full day circular trail on predominately low gradient track goes through open moorland, so it can be boggy underfoot, with rolling fields, enclosed forests and offering great views of the Firth of Clyde.

Up and Over: Fairlie to Largs
15km / 9.3miles | Starts: 9.45am | Allow 5hrs
This walk will take in Fairlie Castle and go on towards Blaeloch Hill before passing the impressive turbines at Kelburn Windfarm. The second part of the walk will skirt around Rigging Hill and Irish Law to the bridge over the Greeto Falls before descending into Largs for ice-cream and the train station. There is the option for an additional 5km coastal walk to Fairlie to complete the circuit.

Gogo Glen Circuit
10km / 6 miles | Starts: 10.15am | Allow 3.5 hrs
This walk will head up through Douglas Park, pass Castle Hill Fort and then onto the long southern ridge of the Gogo Glen to the new forestry track. The route continues over the Greeto Falls and descends into Largs, with stunning views over the Firth of Clyde… Hopefully!

Day 2
27/05/2018

Lunderston Loop Sunday
7km / 4.5miles | Starts: 10am | Allow 2hrs
We follow the Clyde coastal path to Kip Marina, wander through Ardgowan estate and loop back to Lunderston Bay. There will be plenty time to enjoy the sea views and the bluebells.

Fantastic Finnock
7km / 4.5miles | Starts: 10am | Allow 2hrs
A lovely walk from one train station to another making use of an old quiet tree lined country lane with great views over the Clyde to the Cowal peninsula, Isle of Bute, the Cumbrae’s and on a clear day you even see the Isle of Arran.

Greenock Cut Trail
12km / 7.5miles | Starts: 10am | Allow 3hrs
A circular walk along this fine example of large landscape 19th century civil engineering. The Greenock Cut was completed in 1827 and has been rated as one of Scotland’s top 50 walks.

7 Hills of Inverclyde
19.5km / 12miles | Starts: 10.30am | Allow 8hrs
On this challenging moorland walk you will get views of the seven named hills around Loch Thom within the Inverclyde area of the park. There will also be fantastic views over the Clyde to the Highlands, the Arrochar Alps, Cowal and Arran and as long as it’s a clear day! The route starts and finishes at Drumfrochar station. Come by train if you can, however there is car parking at Overton off Papermill Road if needed. The route passes the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre at the 16km mark.

Irish Law
14km / 8.7miles | Starts: 10am | Allow 6hrs
This full day trail starts in Largs and goes through Douglas Park and over the predominantly rough hilly moorland to Riggin Hill, before making way to the summit of Irish Law which offers great views of the Firth of Clyde, Cumbrae Islands and the hills of the Garnock Valley. This route can be boggy in places make sure to bring appropriate footwear. The return journey uses the hydro track past Greeto falls.

Day 3
28/05/2018

Lunderston Loop Monday
7km / 4.3miles | Starts: 10am | Allow 2hrs
We follow the Clyde coastal path to Kip Marina, wander through Ardgowan estate and loop back to Lunderston Bay. There will be plenty time to enjoy the sea views and the bluebells.

Parkhill Wander
5km / 3miles | Starts: 11am | Allow 1-2hrs
Enjoy an easy walk along the lochshore to the wood craving at Blackditch Bay followed by a short loop around Parkhill Woods to see the stunning bluebells.

9 Reservoirs of Inverclyde
22km / 13.7miles | Starts: 9am | Allow 7hrs
This challenging walk takes in an impressive 9 reservoirs that have been part of the historic water catchment system. The route includes the ‘Helter Skelter’ and some of the Greenock Cut and the Nature Trail. Please note some scrambling is required in Shielhill Glen.

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